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The MSI Armor has a very industrial looking box. It seems a shame that nVidia are apparently determined their partners use the full size, full colour RTX logo as it slightly detracts from the grungy aesthetic. And now we've had an idea to mod this card into the GPU equivalent of a rat rod. Ahem. Sticking with what we have...

MSI RTX 2070 Armor Review  

Older MSI graphics cards had a black half and a red half. The MSI Trio X we reviewed for our RTX 2080 reviews was all black, but the RTX 2070 Armor goes back to a two colour system, albeit a monochrome one with the left hand fan having a white surround. We'd obviously prefer black ourselves as it would better blend in with the modern aesthetic, but it's better than red.


MSI RTX 2070 Armor Review  

The backplate helps spread any heat across the whole of the PCB to eliminate warping, and it's a good place for MSI to apply their famous Dragon logo that has been such a feature of their gaming range.


MSI RTX 2070 Armor Review  

The Armor couldn't consider itself amongst modern gaming hardware if it didn't include RGB lighting. The only area of the Armor that supports the MSI Mystic Light is the logo itself, but given that is the part of the card we see the clearest when looking through our side windows that makes perfect sense.


MSI RTX 2070 Armor Review  

We saw with the MSI Trio how their extremely high fin density helped keep the card cool and disperse heat, and the MSI Armor is no exception. There is a suite of smooth heatpipes and copper GPU baseplate all kept cool with two TORX Fans.


MSI RTX 2070 Armor Review  
MSI RTX 2070 Armor Review  

At the business end of the RTX 2070 Armor we have 8+6 pin PCIe power inputs, whilst outputs are handled by 3 v1.4 DisplayPort outputs, an HDMI 2.0b and a USB Type-C for those of you with a VR headset.


MSI RTX 2070 Armor Review  
MSI RTX 2070 Armor Review  

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Most Recent Comments

16-10-2018, 09:38:02

WYP
Does anybody else wonder why Armor?

I'd have tossed out that brand name years ago as soon as anyone realised that there is the whole Armour/Armor thing going on. They could have called it Shield or something.

Whenever I type anything to do with these cards I always need to double check to make sure it is spelt incorrectly (The UK spelling is Armour).Quote

16-10-2018, 10:05:59

AlienALX
Because MSI always have to give their cards stupid names is why. I mean Duke?

Thanks for the review, guys. TBH AMD need to get their prices down.Quote

16-10-2018, 11:13:55

Avet
Asian companies, and Asian market in general don't have the same concept of what "cool" is, compared to western world. Nor does everything translates especially well to english. It is much more obvious with companies that are predominantly focusing Asian market. It is literally a different world. I can give you an example of e-sports team names like Royal Never Give Up, or Detonation Focus Me. Those names have no logic for western world, but it is quite popular to combine words like that in China or Japan. So stupid for us doesn't mean they see it that way.Quote

16-10-2018, 17:09:19

Excalabur50
Well I for one am glad that MSI have listened to feedback from their customers and improved the cooling capabilities of their Armour cards as the Pascal coolers were pretty bad, whereas now those on a more limited budget can buy a card that will perform pretty well without getting too hot.
Thanks for the review!Quote

16-10-2018, 17:12:25

WYP
I'm looking forward to seeing the prices for these tomorrow.Quote
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